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    BACK ON HER HOME TRACK: A triumphant Victoria Derby winner Lauren Tritton

    FRESH from the lofty heights of winning the $200,000 Victoria Derby with Muscle Factory on Saturday night at Melton, life gets back to normal... Triumphant Tritton back on home track

    FRESH from the lofty heights of winning the $200,000 Victoria Derby with Muscle Factory on Saturday night at Melton, life gets back to normal for ace young driver Lauren Tritton at Menangle today.
    Still bubbling from her exciting all-the-way victory in the three-year-olds’ classic, Tritton has just two drives for her own stable as well as one rare outside drive, this time for the Malcolm Locke stable when she heads for the south-western Sydney track this afternoon.
    Locke’s durable pacer A Passion For Aces has been installed as a $3.25 favourite in Race 5 at Menangle and it would not surprise of Tritton looks to catapult to the lead from the outside of the front line and look for an all-the-way win with the 227-start veteran.
    Tritton will then partner outsider Courage Lips in Race 6 as the lightly-raced mare looks to improve on a disappointing fourth as an easing $13 shot at Menangle last week.
    With the scratching of No. 3 Whats Your Poison and two outsiders drawn inside her, Courage Lips gets her chance to take up a forward position and score the mare’s first win for the stable after joining Team Tritton just three starts back.
    Tritton will then have to contend with yet another outside draw when she climbs back into the bike behind $5 second favourite Murry in Race 7.
    Lauren took ill last week and officials had to find a late replacement for her on Murry who ran an eye-catching fifth with Anthony Butt in the sulky, behind El Gran Senor, who is also the favourite for today’s clash.
    Tritton must still be on cloud nine following her slashing victory in Victoria’s big feature last weekend, beating an all-star field with the outstanding youngster Muscle Factory.
    Co-trainer Shane Tritton revealed his team was already planning a trip across the Tasman Sea to contest the New Zealand Derby on April 5, after he contests the NSW Derby at Menangle in a few weeks.
    “We paid the nomination fee for the New Zealand Derby during the week so it is definitely on the cards,” said Shane.
    “He has owners in New Zealand so they would like to see him over there to race.
    “There is also the Harness Jewels before we’d look at heading back to Melton for the Breeders Crown towards the end of the season.
    “So there are plenty of options for him.
    “For now he’ll be heading home for a couple of easy days before we start to get him ready for the Derby at Menangle.”

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